Technology to better understand fish interactions with ocean (and river) energy devices
Location: Tubughnenq 4
Name of Convener/Organizer: Shari Matzner, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Email Contact of Organizer: Shari.Matzner@nullpnnl.gov
Session Format: Panelists and Discussion
Attendance: Open to all attending OCEANS’17 and Exhibition Pass Holders
Understanding how energy devices can coexist with fish is critical to building a
sustainable ocean energy sector. There is a lack of scientific data for modeling risk and
designing effective mitigation strategies due, in part, to the difficulties in making observations of
fish behavior in energetic environments around energy devices. Ocean energy and healthy
fisheries are key topics at this conference; let’s take the opportunity to engage in a focused
discussion around data gaps, technical challenges to acquiring relevant data, and potential
solutions that are practical from an industry perspective.
This session aims to represent 3 perspectives:
1. Biological/Fishery Science – what data is needed?
2. Engineering/Technology – how could that data be acquired?
3. Energy Industry – what are the concerns/constraints for deployment and operations?
Shari is giving a talk on this topic and chairing the session on Energy from the oceans,
coasts and rivers 1 in the same room on the same day, Wednesday Morning at 10:30.
The goal is encourage the energy industry, those working on these technologies, fisheries
biologists and resource managers alike to attend to address these questions.